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Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Improve Security Practices at National Icons and Parks
GAO-09-983: Published: Aug 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2009.
The September 11 terrorist attacks have heightened concerns about the security of the nation's icons and parks, which millions of people visit every year. The National Park Service (Park Service) within the Department of the Interior (Interior) is responsible for securing nearly 400 park units that include icons and other parks. In 2004, GAO identified a set of key protection practices that includ...
National Park Service: Donations and Related Partnerships Benefit Parks, but Management Refinements Could Better Target Risks and Enhance Accountability
GAO-09-386: Published: Jun 16, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2009.
The National Park Service (Park Service) in the Department of the Interior (Interior) annually receives hundreds of millions of dollars in donated funds, goods, and services to support its 391 parks and other sites. But concerns have been raised about potential accompanying risks, such as undue donor influence, new long-term maintenance costs, or commercialization of parks. To address these concer...
Federal Lands: Survey of Land Managers' Perspectives of Off-Highway Vehicle Use (GAO-09-547SP, June 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-09-509
GAO-09-547SP: Published: Jun 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2009.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-09-509. This document presents the results of GAO's survey of land managers from the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service field units regarding their perspectives on off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on federal lands. In order to learn about these managers' perspectives o...
Yellowstone Bison: Interagency Plan and Agencies' Management Need Improvement to Better Address Bison-Cattle Brucellosis Controversy
GAO-08-291: Published: Mar 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2008.
Federal and Montana state agencies have long been entangled in controversy over bison leaving Yellowstone National Park. Some of these bison, as well as elk and other wildlife, have a contagious disease called brucellosis, which can cause pregnant animals to abort. Montana livestock owners and government officials fear that if bison are allowed to leave the park, the disease could spread to cattle...
Yellowstone National Park: Preliminary Observations on the Implementation of the Interagency Bison Management Plan
GAO-07-638T: Published: Mar 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2007.
Yellowstone National Park, in northwest Wyoming, is home to a herd of about 3,600 free-roaming bison. Some of these bison routinely attempt to migrate from the park in the winter. Livestock owners and public officials in states bordering the park have concerns about the bison leaving the park because many are infected with brucellosis--a contagious bacterial disease that some fear could be transmi...
Interior's Land Appraisal Services: Actions Needed to Improve Compliance with Appraisal Standards, Increase Efficiency, and Broaden Oversight
GAO-06-1050: Published: Sep 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2006.
To remedy decades of problems with its land appraisals, the Department of the Interior (Interior) in 2003 removed the land appraisal function from its land management agencies and consolidated them into the Appraisal Services Directorate (ASD). However, Congress and ASD's clients have expressed concern that ASD's appraisal services have become less efficient and effective than what previously exis...
National Park Service: Opportunities Exist to Clarify and Strengthen Special Uses Permit Guidance on Setting Grazing Fees and Cost-Recovery
GAO-06-355R: Published: Feb 9, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2006.
In our September 2005 report, Livestock Grazing: Federal Expenditures and Receipts Vary, Depending on the Agency and the Purpose of the Fee Charged, we reported that the National Park Service (Park Service) allowed livestock grazing on nearly 1.6 million acres at 31 park units. To manage grazing on their lands, the park units spent at least $410,000 in fiscal year 2004, which included activities s...
National Park Service: Efforts Underway to Address Its Maintenance Backlog
GAO-03-1177T: Published: Sep 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2003.
GAO, the Department of the Interior, and others have reported on the National Park Service's efforts to develop an effective maintenance management process that would, among other things, enable the agency to accurately and reliably estimate the amount of deferred maintenance on its assets. Over the years, the agency's estimates of the cost of its deferred maintenance have varied widely--sometimes...
National Park Service: Status of Agency Efforts to Address Its Maintenance Backlog
GAO-03-992T: Published: Jul 8, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2003.
GAO, the Department of the Interior, and others have reported on the National Park Service's efforts to develop an effective maintenance management process that would, among other things, enable the agency to accurately and reliably estimate the amount of deferred maintenance on its assets. Over the years, the agency's estimates of the amount of its deferred maintenance have varied widely--sometim...
National Park Service: Agency Should Recover Costs of Validity Examinations for Mining Claims
RCED-00-265: Published: Sep 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the federal costs of conducting validity examinations at three California Desert parks, focusing on whether: (1) data are available on the National Park Service's costs of conducting validity examinations at these parks since 1994; and (2) the Park Service recovers the costs of such examinations from claimants.GAO noted that: (1) the...